Feb. 24, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
No. 10 Florida State men’s tennis continued their home winning streak on Saturday after defeating No. 26 Miami 5-2 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The last time Florida State defeated Florida and Miami in the same season came in 1985 with Hall of Fame inductee and later professional player Paul Haarhuis.
“When Paul Haarhuis played 22 years ago they beat both teams,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I think what could happen is that we could likely play Miami again at the conference tournament or the NCAA tournament. We could also play Florida again, so I guess you have to wait til’ the year is over to claim the state title.”
The victory improves Florida State’s overall season record to 7-2 and earns the first ACC victory of the season.
In doubles competition, freshmen dream team, Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) dominated in the number three position over Miami’s Barnabas Carrega and Hector Nieto 8-2. Clinching the doubles points for the Seminoles came in position two as sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) and junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) defeated the Hurricane’s #52 Vivek Subramanian and Daniel Vallverdu 8-5 while on center court, Seminole seniors Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) fell to #37 Luigi D’agord and Josh Cohen of Miami 8-6.
“I think it’s especially good considering last year we went down there and got beat really bad,” coach Hultquist said. “They went on to share the ACC title, so we knew that they were a really good team and I felt the doubles were key again this week and the match was really tight. Maciek and Sam were down a break and came back. I think that was the momentum we need going in to singles. I felt immediately after that we jumped out and won six first sets. So I felt the key to the match was Maciek and Sam coming from behind and winning doubles.”
Singles play remained in favor of the Florida State as all first sets were captured by six Seminoles. Starting on court six as sophomore Chris Cloer (Brevard, NC) defeated Miami’s JC Whitner 6-2, 6-2 while in position three Chang captured his first ranked win of the season over UM’s #92 Josh Cohen 6-4, 6-4. Clinching the overall victory again for the second week in a row was Sucupira on court 5 as he defeated Miami’s Hector Nieto 6-2, 6-4 as the Seminoles other captain fell in a tight third set tiebreak to UM’s #52 Luigi D’Agord 6-1, 1-6, 6-7 (6). Rounding up the singles, #77 Aubone fought back to win another ranked victory on court two defeating #44 Daniel Vallverdu of Miami 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. The final bout to end occurred in position four as Sykut dropped the third set to UM’s Vivek Subramanian 6-3, 6-7(2), 3-6.
The Seminoles’ next four dual matches take place on the road beginning with Clemson on March 2 and later that weekend against Georgia Tech on March 4. Florida State next travels to the west coast to take on Stanford on March 7 and Pepperdine on March 9.
“Clemson is going to be a tough challenge and Georgia Tech as well are both really dangerous,” coach Hultquist said. “The thing is in the ACC that all teams are very even and I think winning on the road is more difficult. We’ve done a very good job at winning all our matches at home but I think we’re in for two battles this week.”
#37 D’Agord/Cohen (UM) def. Abougzir/Sucupira (FSU) 8-6
Chang/Sykut (FSU) def. #52 Subramanian/Vallverdu (UM) 8-5
Aubone/Mixson (FSU) def. Carregor/Nieto (UM) 8-2
Order to Finish: 3, 1, 2*
#52 Luigi D’Agord (UM) def. Ytai Abougzir (FSU) 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6)
#77 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. #44 Daniel Vallverdu (UM) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Sam Chang (FSU) def. #92 Josh Cohen (UM) 6-4, 6-4
Vivek Subramanian (UM) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3
Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) def. Hector Nieto (UM) 6-2, 6-4
Chris Cloer (FSU) def. JC Whitner (UM) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 5*, 1, 2, 4